Not long ago, I picked up a copy of Fortune Magazine. I don't typically read Fortune but I was attracted to three words in bold letters on the front cover. The words were, "How I Work." That interested me because I am always curious about how others work. In particular, I am interested in how people manage their day to day flow of tasks, responsibilities, etc.
When I got to the article, the subtitle was, "How a dozen SUPER-ACHIEVERS tell how they stay ahead in the fast lane." At the end of the article, I just felt tired. Yes, they achieve but oh my....
"I'll just sit down and DO E-Mail for ten to fourteen hours straight"--a VP of Google
Then there was the CEO of the New Jersey Nets who described his workday as lasting for 19 hours. 19 hours?
Not all of these people lived such extreme work lives. But a number of them did.
Most of us would probably not identify ourselves as "SUPER-ACHIEVERS. However, many of us work long and hard hours. Many are just trying to juggle it all and stay afloat.
But what happens when we live imbalanced lives? Some possibilities:
- A woman may explode in a fit of anger over an issue that did not demand such a destructive response.
- A man may lose any real connection with his wife/children. Oh, they still look the part. However, this man may no longer really know his wife or children.
- A person may begin to define herself/himself by how much money is made in a year.
- Fun all but disappears.
- Friendships may all but die--unless they are related to work.
Work is good. Working hard is good. But we were created as whole persons to live balanced lives. Maybe it would be good to think about this today.
Am I living a balanced life? Am I modeling a lifestyle that I would recommend to my children or grandchildren? It could be that you are in a situation that you recognize as being imbalanced. I am not trying to add to your frustration or even guilt with this. You are probably doing you best to bring more balance back into your life.
I wonder more about those of us who aren't even struggling with the imbalance. We don't see it or recognize it in our lives.